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Learn to play the dulcimer at the community center

By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW

Every Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 3:30 p.m., musician Carla Roberts offers a free beginning dulcimer class at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

With spring in the air, this is a great time to take up a new skill and learn a stringed instrument to make sweet music.

The lap dulcimer is a simple folk instrument deeply associated with the early American music of the Appalachian Mountains. Ballads and fiddle tunes arrived with Scots-Irish settlers in successive waves of immigration to the new world from the British Isles. This beautiful music is the underpinning of folk and country music today.

The dulcimer is an entry folk instrument, not as difficult as the guitar to learn. Students will receive instruction in tuning the instrument and a number-based system of learning that incorporates simple melodies. Bring a dulcimer if you have one, or play an instrument provided in class.

The Ross Aragon Community Center is located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. For further information, call Carla Roberts at 903-6478.

This story was posted on April 24, 2014.